What are exchange traded funds?

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are singular securities that track the performance of their usually-stated underlying product. For instance, one of the most popular ETFs in the world this year, the ‘iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF’ (Ticker: IEMG), tracks the performance of over 2,000 stocks across several emerging markets like China and Taiwan.

Other examples of popular ETFs include the ‘Nikko AM Singapore STI ETF’ tracking the Straits Times Index (STI), the ‘SPDR S&P 500 ETF’ tracking the S&P 500, and the ‘Vanguard Growth ETF’ tracking a selection of growth stocks.

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